AN EVENING WITH ROSANNE CASH
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 30
WHERE: Historic Richmond Academy Parade Grounds, 540 Telfair St., Augusta
DETAILS: The Blind Willie McTell Festival in conjunction with and the support of the Westobou Festival will present An Evening with Rosanne Cash with special guest Blue Rodeo. Regular tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the program, and are general admission. Beer and wine will be available on site. No carry-in alcohol will be allowed, just as at the Blind Willie Festival. VIP tables will be down front, $500 each, and only 20 are available. Round-tops for eight include a picnic basket loaded with food from Crums on Central and a bottle of wine. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www. westoboufestival.com. This year's Westobou Festival is Sept. 29 to Oct. 8.
SHEPEARD BLOOD DRIVE
WHERE: Walmart, Thomson
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: First Baptist Church of Thomson, 253 Jackson St.
DETAILS: A community-wide service of prayer and remembrance will include memorial readings of the names of those who have died in service to this country and community since Sept. 11, 2001. The service will extend special honor to those who have served in the war against terrorism and on foreign soil. Local religious and civic leaders will be involved in the program. All public officials who are first-responders are invited to attend in uniform. Anyone who has lost a family member who has died serving the country or as a first-responder is asked to bring that person's name to the attention of the event's organizers. Contact Mark Bowers at First Baptist Church, (706) 595-4252.
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INFANT MORTALITY AWARENESS DAY
WHERE: Rotary Park on Washington Road next to the fire station
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 17
DETAILS: "Stroll for Babies" is sponsored by Enterprise Community Healthy Start. Bring your babies, toddlers, friends and family to this free event. There will be a commemorative walk and Mayor Kenneth Usry will read a proclamation. Call Debra Griffin, (706) 840-5986.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR EMPLOYERS
WHERE: The Depot Annex, 111 Railroad St., Thomson
WHEN: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
DETAILS: The Georgia Department of Labor's East Central Georgia Employer Committee and the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce will be co-hosts for a seminar on laws passed this year by the Georgia General Assembly. The focus will be on laws that are of primary interest to employers, including HB 87, the Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011. The fee for the seminar is $10 and this will include lunch. The seminar is designed for business owners, human resource managers, supervisors and entrepreneurs. Melanie Stockwell of Atlanta, the deputy commissioner of legal and policy procedures for the GDOL, and legislative liaison Kash Trivedi, also of Atlanta, will conduct the seminar. Employer committees are groups of local business representatives who establish and maintain working relationships between employers and GDOL career centers. For more information about the seminar, contact the GDOL's Thomson Career Center at (706) 595-3578.
VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE TRAINING
WHERE: University Hospital, Augusta
WHEN: Sept. 15-19
DETAILS: Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is seeking volunteer advocates for victims of sexual assault. Advocates are needed to respond to hospitals in McDuffie, Burke and Jefferson counties. Advocates need to be at least 18, pass a criminal background check, have reliable transportation and phone, and be able to respond to the hospital in their area within 30 minutes. The training will be held in the evenings and weekend on these dates.
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PATH2COLLEGE 529 COLORING sweepstakes
WHEN: Through September
DETAILS: Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is holding a coloring sweepstakes during September, which has been designated College Savings Month. One child will be awarded $1,529 for his or her college savings plan. To enter the coloring sweepstakes, children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade should color Hootie the Wise Old Owl and answer the question, "When I graduate, I'm going to be a ____." Coloring sheets and official rules can be found at www.Path2College529.com. Entries must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian, postmarked by Sept. 30, and must be received by Oct. 11. One winner will be drawn at random in October to receive the prize. The winner's school will also receive $1,000. Path2College 529 Plan also is offering a newborn sweepstakes open to Georgia residents. The sweepstakes will award one lucky Georgia newborn $5,529 toward his/her college savings. Georgia babies born between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of this year are eligible. Parents and grandparents of 2011 newborns can enter to win this prize. No purchase is necessary. Learn more at www.Path2College529.com.
SALSA FOR SALE
WHERE: HabaÃ±ero's Mexican Grill
DETAILS: $10 per jar. All proceeds go to Thomson First United Methodist Church Drop Zone youth program.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS
WHERE: McDuffie County Partners for Success, across from the high school
DETAILS: Call (706) 595-3112
THS YEARBOOKS SALE
WHERE: Thomson High School
DETAILS: The first price of the year is always the lowest; the sale starts at $50. In September, the price will increase, and the price goes up each month after that. Contact Miranda Murphey for more details or go to www. jostensyearbooks.com. Last year, the supply of yearbooks was used up, so be sure to reserve your copy today.
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EMU-FEST ON HOLD
DETAILS: The Christian-oriented event for youth, held annually at The Old Frontier Inc. south of Thomson, has been postponed until further notice. The event had been rescheduled for this weekend.
MICHAEL DINGUS FUND
WHERE: Queensborough National Bank
DETAILS: The family needs help to pay for funeral expenses. Please drop donations off at the bank or mail them to 314 Grier Circle, Thomson, GA 30824.
WHERE: Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Department and Web site
WHEN: In progress
DETAILS: Register for football, soccer and cheerleading online or in the office. Sign up at the recreation department between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call (706) 595-2152.
RESERVE-SEAT TICKETS ON SALE
WHERE: Thomson High office
DETAILS: Reserve football tickets at $62.50 are available to the general public.
CAMELLIA CITY LIONS CLUB MEETINGS
WHERE: Queen of Angels Catholic Church
WHEN: 7 p.m. second Mondays
DETAILS: Call Lion Bonnie Martin at (706) 595-5176 or Lion Pat Wylie at (706) 595-0560. Board meetings are held the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
WILSON FAMILY Y SWIM TEAM (SHARKS)
WHERE: Wilson Family Y, 3570 Wheeler Road, Augusta
WHEN: Registration is under way.
MORE INFO: The Sharks swim team is for ages 6 to 18. Practices are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Beginning this season, the team will have optional swim meets against local swim teams once a month. The fee per month, for three practices per week, is $55 for members and $85 for nonmembers. The fee pays for swim caps and meet registration
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASSes
DETAILS: Instructor Tom Venderhoof presents AARP driver safety classes geared toward drivers age 50 or older. The course is not limited to seniors or to AARP members. Successful completion for the course can qualify a driver for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premium. Drivers should confirm the discount with their insurance agents. Call Venderhoof at (706) 863-2865.
An Evening with Livingston Taylor
WHERE: Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. DETAILS: Tickets are $32.50 and $27.50. Call (706) 726-0366. Visit www.augusta amusements.com.
AN EVENING WITH LEON REDBONE
WHERE: Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
DETAILS: Tickets are $32.50 and $27.50. Call (706) 726-0366. Visit www.augusta amusements.com.
MUSIC IN THE PARK
WHERE: Mitchell Depot
WHEN: First Saturdays through October
DETAILS: Bluegrass, country and gospel music, hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. Donations accepted. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There is a playground for the kids. Free parking available.
one stop may be able to help you
WHERE: East Central Georgia Consortium One Stop
DETAILS: Did you know that more than 25,000 jobs will be opening for the heavy construction industry throughout the state? Did you know an experienced construction laborer can earn $20 per hour? Did you know that you may qualify to be trained for this great career? If you are unemployed, willing to travel and Georgia Work Ready Certified then contact the local One Stop for more information at (706) 595-8941. The One Stop has placed over 45 people in jobs related to this industry after training. Come get your training today.
get a burn permit
WHERE: Call (877) 652-2876
WHEN: Always get a burn permit; it's the law
DETAILS: Breezy, warm, spring days are perfect for enjoying the outdoors, but they're perfect, too, for wildfires. To prevent the spread of wildfires, the Georgia Forestry Commission is urging residents to take extra precautions when burning yard debris, using an outdoor grill or enjoying campfires. If you're not sure when to get a permit just call (877) OK2-burn or log ontoGaTrees.org.